Space Age way to spot di­a­betes

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Health -

TECH­NOL­OGY de­vel­oped at the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion may soon be com­ing to Earth to mon­i­tor our health in a rather un­usual way.

ISS as­tro­nauts have their health checked by their toi­let, which de­tects changes in urine glu­cose lev­els and pro­teins, al­low­ing early di­ag­no­sis of im­pend­ing prob­lems such as type 2 di­a­betes and kid­ney dis­ease.

This is a very sim­ple tech­nique, and now the Eu­ro­pean Space Agency is team­ing up with health-gad­get man­u­fac­tur­ers to bring ‘smart loos’ that do the same for the pub­lic, ac­cord­ing to re­ports last week.

I think it’s a su­per idea if it ac­tu­ally hap­pens. Changes in the urine and stools can oc­cur long be­fore any no­tice­able symp­toms, so they are a great way of pick­ing up prob­lems at a very early stage.

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